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Q. - What are the chances of getting Wi Fi Internet
service in Terrell?
Answer - The idea of providing city residents with
free Internet was at one time a really hot topic in a lot of cities
across the country. It has been a matter of some discussion at the City
Of course, we all know nothing is really free. The most widely accepted
and popular concept in US cities was to have a wireless Internet service
provider make the free wireless Internet available, giving the provider
access to more customers for online advertising and promotional activities.
In most places the cost of providing the service ended up being more
than the company could bear. Costs, technical difficulties, and other
problems exceeded early expectations.
In addition to financial costs, concerns for a city like ours involve
security and the potential for bad content delivery. With all of the
constant challenges of securing a free wireless Internet portal from
hackers and other bad people, we cannot see how to do it with the level
of risk and cost we would be willing to assume. I would not be surprised
to see new ideas comer forth that would make free wireless Internet
access available in the future, but we have no plans in the works at
For residents who are not able to afford Internet access, the Hulsey
Public Library provides computers and Internet access free to Library
Hal Richards, Mayor